Obituary published Nov. 21, 2012 in The Mexico Ledger

Lois Livingston Hawthorne, 87, of Mexico died November 20, 2012 at Audrain Medical Center following a short illness.
Lois was born in Mexico, Mo. on December 20, 1924 to Anna (Williams) and James Nisbet Livingston. Following graduation from Christian College and Washington University in St. Louis, she became a dress designer for Dorsa Dresses in St. Louis. She married Lee Byrnes Hawthorne, Jr. on April 9, 1948. Survivors include Lee Byrnes Hawthorne III (Sally) of Lititz, Pa., James Livingston Hawthorne (Jeanie) of Mexico, and Martha Hawthorne Wolfe (Douglas) of St. Louis, and grandchildren Brian Hawthorne, Julie Hawthorne Padgett, Christopher Hawthorne, Noah Hawthorne, Graham Wolfe and Duncan Wolfe, and two great-grandchildren, Charlie Padgett and Jack Hawthorne.
An active community volunteer, she served as president of the Heart of Missouri Girl Scout Council, the Audrain Medical Center Auxiliary, and McMillan Elementary School Parent Teacher Association. For her lifetime of service to the Girl Scouts, she received the highest honor at their national convention.
An accomplished needlework artist, Lois helped design and create a needlepoint rug celebrating all 50 states for the Missouri Governor's Mansion, and the needlepoint kneelers at Mexico United Methodist Church. In retirement, the Hawthornes enjoyed travel to many countries around the globe.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 at Arnold Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Kings Daughters Home, 620 W. Boulevard, Mexico, Mo. 65265